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Latino Daily News

Tuesday November 23, 2010

Jorge Ramos gives $20,000 to DREAM Act-Eligible Students

Jorge Ramos, a Univision anchorman, has put up $20,000 to fund scholarships for students who, if passed, would be DREAM Act eligible.

The Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act (DREAM Act) would grant citizenship to undocumented immigrant children, having come to the U.S. before age 15, graduated from a U.S. high school, and agreed to attend college or enlist in the military for two years.

Ramos maintains that this is not a political donation, and he is not concern Univision will see his gift as anything but what it is. Political donations have recently resulted in the suspensions of MSNBC anchormen Keith Olbermann and Joe Scarborough. 

“This is not political donation. I’m not donating money to any politician or any political party,” he told Fox News Latino. “I’m donating money to students so they can go to college.”

The newsman’s $20,000 donation went to the Educators for Fair Consideration (E4FC), which advocates for low-income undocumented students. Executive Director for the non-profit, Katherine Gin, says Ramos’ gift will provide four students with $5,000 scholarships.

Gin says Ramos began his involvement with E4FC when one of its pro bono lawyers reached out to him in hopes of gaining press coverage on a case. Ramos was apparently inspired by the students he met and decided to make the donation.

“We have not known Jorge for a long time, but he has been a wonderful person to include in our community,” says Gin.